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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to strengthen restrictions on Friday: How will it work?

  • Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  12:50 am

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is set to issue within the next two days a gubernatorial decree on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to further limit people’s movement in the capital city – the country’s epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The forthcoming decree is meant to officially enforce anticipatory measures that have been in place for the past few weeks – now set to be coupled with sanctions for violators – as Jakarta reports an ever-increasing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

As of Wednesday afternoon, authorities had confirmed at least 1,470 COVID-19 cases in Jakarta, making up nearly half the country’s official tally of 2,956 cases. More than 100 fatalities from the disease have been reported in the capital out of a nationwide death toll of 240.

But what will such stronger physical distancing measures mean? Here are several key ...